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    Default Show off your landscapping

    Like the title says, I'ld love to see how you landscape around the farm. Our barn is rather plain and industrial looking, so I'm looking for ideas on sprucing the area up. I've gotten some flowers planted, but I know I want to get some flowering bushes. So please share pics

    the barn
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    I started a small garden last fall with just a few mums and some pansies. I think mulch makes any area look better. I'd like to have some half whiskey barrels on either side of the front barn door. Eventually...

    http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/q...Barngarden.jpg
    http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/q...n-finished.jpg
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    I don't have real landscaping around the barn, as the horses have access to it. I just have arborvitae planted at each corner to disguise and protect the downspouts.

    But, I have LOTS of landscaping elsewhere that could be modified to use around a barn.

    Here is something you could do if you have a raised bed area - creeping phlox, with, right behind it, grape hyacinths and some species tulips. In the background, which hasn't bloomed yet in these pics, are a few different types of daisies/daisy type, such as Black-eyed Susan, Crazy Daisy, and a couple others, as well as some wonderful Wallflower
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/

    This is another section iwth more phlox (I LOVE that stuff and have it in 3 different places), along with more species tulips (blooming here, red), and here is where I have some herbs mixed in - most visible is the sage, which has awesome purple flowers than in the pic
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/

    Here's my Walker's Low Catmint, mentioned in the "bulb" thread
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/

    Here is a mix of Red Fairy Rose (in bloom), daylilies (deer love them though), lilies, and various grasses
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/

    Here is another area, behind our house. The tall things are Dahlias (love love love them, they go well with anything!!), the orange in the foreground is from annual gaillardia - excellent stuff, blooms profusely, pretty good at self-sowing for the next year, not invasive, the pink in the background are cosmos (absolutely fantastic annuals, they are pretty prolific, but so easy to pull up if you don't want them somewhere)
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8...D550/ry%3D400/

    A bigger view of the above - the blue behind the orange is balloon flower, and in the background are a variety of Butterfly bushes, Black and Blue Sage, and some bee balm in the far right back.
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8...D550/ry%3D400/

    Sooooo many possibilities if horses don't have access to the barn area!
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    We've done roses and a fountain and plan to do more roses this spring.
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    Hey JB want to visit an Irish Draught farm Your gardens are gorgeous.
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    Gorgeous, you're welcome to visit my farm too with your garden tools!



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    Quote Originally Posted by horsetales View Post
    Hey JB want to visit an Irish Draught farm Your gardens are gorgeous.
    I would LOVE to, and thanks!

    It doesn't happen overnight. You can get a lot more planted sooner if you start things from seed. Almost all my grasses were seed-started. ALL the daisy/types were seeds. All annuals are seeds. I only buy plants if they are things I can't get from seed, or really don't want to wait 5 years for a mature specimen

    SCF, I'd love to as well!
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    I'm very impatient so I don't think I could grow anything from seed. Except in the veggie garden.

    I originally just wanted to put fountain grass in that little barn garden because it's so easy and it grows very fast, but it was fall when we put it in so the Mums won. I also thought about putting window boxes on the tack room windows. That would be cute I think.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    I would LOVE to, and thanks!

    It doesn't happen overnight. You can get a lot more planted sooner if you start things from seed. Almost all my grasses were seed-started. ALL the daisy/types were seeds. All annuals are seeds. I only buy plants if they are things I can't get from seed, or really don't want to wait 5 years for a mature specimen

    SCF, I'd love to as well!

    Cmon folks, there have to be others here that have gardens they are proud of and could offer some tips to spruce my place up. Since the pic we have graveled a pathway from the driveway to the doors

    I'm one of those impatient types and prefer a more mature planting - as my SO says "patience is not my strong suit" JB, if you ever visit Gettysburg, open invitation. I won't even make you do the work, just help me plan over a cool beverage
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    Window boxes are *awesome*! The variety based on seasons is huge.

    Here's one of my past window/rail boxes, still a bit immature, but gives you an idea:
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/

    Here are some pots - never understimate the power of pots in a "real" flower bed. You can move them around as things mature or die off, which makes small-plot flower gardening really easy and versatile:
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/
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    Use existing structures that might be a bit of an eyesore to your advantage. This is a volunteer Zinnia up against one of my rain barrels:
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/

    Use annuals that are known reliable self-sowers – makes subsequent years not only much easier, but surprising too These marigolds were *total* volunteers from ‘golds that were in a pot in that location the year before. I just moved the purple fountain grass, in a pot, over closer to them to play off each other:
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/

    I didn’t even had to replant these boxes last year – they are full of volunteer petunias and alyssum from the previous year. Most of my pots stay outside all Winter, so when things start warming up, I get to see what sort of goodies await, and rearrange if necessary:
    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9...D550/ry%3D400/

    Here’s the back of our house – full of pots and stuff that can be moved to suit the needs or wants of the situation. See the cosmos in the foreground? Total volunteers
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    Quote Originally Posted by horsetales View Post
    Cmon folks, there have to be others here that have gardens they are proud of and could offer some tips to spruce my place up. Since the pic we have graveled a pathway from the driveway to the doors
    Where's tarragon? The poster, I mean She has some pretty ones.

    I'm one of those impatient types and prefer a more mature planting - as my SO says "patience is not my strong suit"
    LOL, I hear ya! If you're doing small-scale, it's easier to look past the prices of many of the potted plants.

    JB, if you ever visit Gettysburg, open invitation. I won't even make you do the work, just help me plan over a cool beverage
    And a ride on a big pony?
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    JB what a cool house design! I love the stone chimney in the middle. (We have a stone facade chimney that's on the side.) Very nice porch too. I like it!
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    Wow, I like your window boxes. Perhaps that will motivate me.

    Great house JB!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by horsetales View Post
    Like the title says, I'ld love to see how you landscape around the farm. Our barn is rather plain and industrial looking, so I'm looking for ideas on sprucing the area up. I've gotten some flowers planted, but I know I want to get some flowering bushes. So please share pics

    the barn
    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y27...s/PIC_3852.jpg
    this belongs to Disney World....is this not cool or WHAT?

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    Wow, JB! Your place is looking wonderful- you've been busy

    I think with these huge industrial building type barns the key is scale- with that huge expanse of blank wall you need height in your foundation plantings or your beds just look dinky.

    Here's a few fuzzy pictures of beds I did at my trainer's barn. Back to front, it's Cannas, Lantana, Daylilies, Salvia and Marigolds.

    I'll try to dig up a few more pictures tomorrow.
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    Thanks Tarragon! Yes, busy, and every year it looks more mature. This will be Summer #6, and things are finally starting to fill in and grow up

    That barn looks great! Tall Cannas (there are dwarf varieties) make such a nice background, especially with all the leaf colors you can get now, including very dark ,and very fun stripes.

    For anyone who is color-challenged, how to combine colors, look to your color wheel. Things within a few colors of each other, or things that are at opposite ends of the spectrum, make nice compantions. Silvers and lilacs for example, are soothing and work well. Purple and orange are contrasting and pack quite a punch.

    Make sure to incorporate things that going to have impact all season, or all year - grasses, conifers, evergreens, etc. You don't want to end up with oomph for 3-4 months a year, then have absolutely nothing for the rest of the year.

    You can do like tarragon did - tallest in back, then shorter, then shorter. Or you can create "waves" from side to side by varying the heights. Depends on your taste. Just don't keep everything the same height.

    Best part is, there is no screw up! If you don't like it, move it!
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    YEAH.....More Barn Landscaping Pics and Tips!!!



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    Thanks Tarragon - those plantings really do help warm-up the industrial look of the metal barn. Those pics gave me some more ideas.

    JB thanks for the additional ideas and pics - nice looking house - I may show up on your doorstep and enjoy your deck instead (maybe I'll bring a big pony in tow)
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    Here are some spring shots:

    Looking up to the house last March. There is a paddock behind the house. http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i.../IMGP5410p.jpg

    In early May: http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i.../IMGP6834p.jpg

    Last April, looking in the opposite direction, from the house down to one of the horse pastures: http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i.../IMGP5588p.jpg

    Big flower bed between house and horse pasture: http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i...P6116daves.jpg

    http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i.../IMGP6687p.jpg

    Iris next to neighbor's pasture: http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i.../IMGP6365p.jpg

    http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i.../IMGP6937p.jpg

    Renae, a climbing Polyantha rose on a trellis next to the stalls attached to the paddock behind the house. I never spray anything. This rose is healthy, reblooming and fragrant. http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i...queroses-1.jpg



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    This is what our farm house/barn looks like:
    http://equusvilla.blogspot.com/2007/...uus-villa.html

    We have a very long flower bed that runs along the side walk and under the stall windows - this is some of what is planted there:
    http://equusvilla.blogspot.com/2008/...my-garden.html

    We planted a beautiful red Myrtle tree by our farm sign:
    http://equusvilla.blogspot.com/2007/...pe-myrtle.html

    ..and we added window boxes to some of the upstairs windows a few years ago:
    http://equusvilla.blogspot.com/2007/...dow-boxes.html

    I enjoyed looking at your barn photo (as well as everyone elses too!) If I were you and wanted to do something that would make a bigger difference than what you have already done, I would get something to frame the plantings - as others have done..maybe railroad ties, or stone to build up the planted area. Also - maybe buy something to hang on the outside of your barn...like one of those Nortic round signs (sorry - can't remember the real name of them) or a medal ornamental design piece that are so popular now...and not too $$ either! Both of these things will draw the eye up.

    Great post! ...but then again - I am a nut about details!



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